WWNYTV: North Country’s First Distillery Almost Ready

The dream of three friends is about to go public.

Clayton Distillery, which is located on Route 12, is already making spirits and is set to open to the public next month.

The project has gone from talk to reality in about a year’s time.

“It has been quick, a very quick decision over a lunch and from there it just flourished into what you see today,” said Michael Ingerson, one of the partners.

Ingerson, Michael Aubertine and Roger Howard came up with the idea for a ‘micro-distillery,’ along the same lines as micro-breweries which make small quantities of specialized beer, or small vineyards for wine.

The distillery is already producing vodka and has plans to make gin, whiskey and other spirits. he distillery uses grains from local farmlands, and will have a store on-site.

“It’s great. Everything’s coming together and we’re seeing the product come out,” said Aubertine.